Monthly Archives: August 2011

Your skin care regimen

It’s time to talk about your daily routine again. Many anti-aging skin care products> on the market promise younger looking, smoother skin if you simply buy the product. These include peptide creams, retinol products, exfoliators, hyaluronic acid products, dark circle cream, and others.

As you know, by the time we reach age 40 or 50, the lines and wrinkles that begin to appear were decades in the making.  We try to emphasize that women in their 30s, even in their 20s, begin to use quality face moisturizers, and above all, to protect their skin from sun exposure (the #1 skin aging factor).  However, when we were younger, our skin looked great, and we often had other priorities in our busy lives.

So, how to reverse the effects of many decades of skin aging and wrinkles?  As we like to say, since your lines and winkles didn’t appear overnight, they are not going to go away or even be reduced overnight.  Importantly, you need a dedicated skin care regimen to recapture some of that lost youth. This regimen needs to include the Anti-Aging Quad:  I) Exfoliation, II) Moisturizing; III) Collagen Building; and IV) Sun Protection.

Taking Issue with Consumer Reports Wrinkle Cream Ratings

In its September 2011 issue (p. 10), Consumer Reports magazine features a story evaluating several advanced skin care products on the basis of effectiveness. CU basically criticized the tested products as marginally effective, although some definite wrinkle reduction effects were observed.

Here’s the problem we have with the Consumer Reports test: they used products that are typically either low-budget, drug store brands with cheap, dilute ingredients, or are the over-hyped department store brands that spend more money on advertising and packaging than on ingredients known for their effectiveness.

The CU “winner” was not even a wrinkle cream, but a moisturizer known as Garnier Nutritioniste. However, neither the CU article or the Garnier website reveals the ingredients in the product. That’s a red flag for savvy consumers, and CU didn’t even pick that up.

If you have read the posts on this skin care blog, you will readily know that there are four mainstay ingredients in effective skin care products: peptides, retinol, hyaluronic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). However, while some brands might include minor amounts of one of these ingredients for marketing purposes (“Contains Peptides!”), unless these wrinkle fighting ingredients are in a sufficiently concentrated form, they are not going to do your skin much good.

For example, in a clinical trial study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, topical creams with proper concentrations of peptides (specifically Palmitoyl pentapeptide, also known as Matrixyl) used after 4 months decreased the depth and volume of facial wrinkles in test subjects by 27% and 36%, respectively.

If you have any skin care questions that need a professional answer, ask our skin care expert. It’s a free and confidential service.

All Peptide Creams Are Not The Same

Recently, we’ve read and seen a lot of buzz on the internet about the benefit of peptides in skin care.  Within the last year, one new peptide cream promising smoother skin after another seems to have made its way to the market.  Indeed, properly formulated, peptide wrinkle creams can be very beneficial for reducing the appearance of wrinkles.  However, not only is potency important, but there are many different kinds of peptide ingredients available – and some are far better than others at rendering those wrinkles less noticeable.

Probably the most well-known skin care peptides are Matrixyl and Argireline.  Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide) is a “messenger peptide” because it can signal your skin that it needs to replace collagen that has broken down.   Clinical trial research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demonstrates that collagen-like Hexapeptide reduces both the number of wrinkles and wrinkle depth.  Our skin needs ample collagen to provide a firm foundation. This loss of collagen usually occurs due to exposure to sunlight and the aging process.  Another popular peptide is Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide) because of its ability to lessen muscle contractions that accentuate wrinkles.

Check your peptide wrinkle cream, though.  If it contains just one or two, or even three peptides, you’re not getting the full benefit. There are other peptides that perform different skin-smoothing actions: Leuphasyl helps reduce wrinkles around the eye area and on the forehead. Octapeptide works to lessen the depth of wrinkles, and Tripeptide helps prevent wrinkles and lines from forming in the first place.

The best peptide wrinkle creams will contain six peptides for maximum benefit. Is that enough for a good anti-wrinkle product? Not yet – vital to efficacy is the concentration of the peptides. You want to choose a skin cream such as Peptide 6™ that not only contains 6 different peptides, but formulates the product so that the peptide concentrations are at the maximum effective dosage for your skin.

New Website on Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizers

Mango Madness Skin Care has launched a new website devoted to hyaluronic acid. Also known as HA and sodium hyaluronate, hyaluronic acid is one of the “wonder ingredients” because of its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture. This remarkable property not only provides unprecedented moisture for your skin, but because hyaluronic acid moisturizers penetrate into the skin (instead of merely lying on top), it attracts moisture into the skin. This has the novel effect of “plumping” the skin and causing fine lines and wrinkles to be minimized.